In yesterday’s discussion about whether the Russians, who apparently hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails–see this for the evidence (HT: Tom Hering)–are trying to manipulate our election, reader Rustbeltrick cited another source that listed direct connections between Donald Trump and the Russian government.
According to Josh Marshall of Talking Point Memo, Trump has long been dependent on Russian investments for his businesses, including from investors with strong ties to Vladimir Putin. Perhaps more to the point, Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort was a top advisor to the pro-Russian president of the Ukraine, whose ouster was the catalyst for the Russian intervention. Trump’s foreign policy advisor, Carter Page, has for his whole professional life been working for Russian interests. And there is more.
True, Marshall is a liberal journalist and maybe has a Democratic axe to grind. But I would think the employment history of Manafort and Page is a matter of public record. Also the investors in Trump’s business dealings.
Are Trump’s Russian connections something to be concerned about? Or does it not really matter? [Read more…]